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Top 10 stories from 2018: County, state still struggle with plague of drug addiction

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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Addiction to opioids, prescription painkillers and other illicit drugs has long been a problem in the Green Mountain State, as elsewhere. During this past year, efforts to soften the impact of or even prevent such addictions moved forward, at the same time that related health and law enforcement concerns arose.

The anti-addiction drug Suboxone topped the list of most-used prescriptions in Vermont’s public health insurance system in 2018, according to a report released near the end of the year. The drug is used to combat the effects of opioid dependency.

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Top 10 stories from 2018: Mt. Abe bond fails for third time

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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Despite the best efforts of Bristol-area school district officials, who were hoping the third time would be the charm, a $29.5 million bond for the renovation of Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School went down in flames on Town Meeting Day, 1,785–1,196.

In 2014, voters overwhelmingly rejected the first bond proposal of $32 million by a margin of nearly 3 to 1.

Three years later a second, pricier version, at $36.5 million, nearly won approval, in spite of lower turnout and reduced support overall.

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Top 10 stories from 2018: School budgets pass as jobs and students are lost

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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Despite cuts in jobs and some increases in taxes, local residents supported all local school budgets and one major bond in March. But one school vote in November left a few hard feelings in its wake.

Addison Central School District residents backed by 1,674-523 a $36,762,479 spending plan for the 2018-2019 school year. It called for a 1.32-percent spending decrease and cut the equivalent of 20 full-time jobs, but also added a teacher at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary School, a rare facility not losing students.

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Top 10 stories from 2018: Leaders leave in the Little City

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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Vergennes officials and residents began the year understanding a replacement would have to be found for longtime City Manager Mel Hawley.

They didn’t know how difficult that task would prove to be, even with a full year’s notice — or that two other civic leaders would unexpectedly step down.

The first surprise in a year full or them came in early February, when two-time Vergennes Mayor Michael Daniels resigned, alleging in a statement that he had a poor working relationship with the Vergennes City Council.

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Top 10 stories from 2018: Midd's big dig begins, new parks debated

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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Those who regularly travel through downtown Middlebury in 2018 saw construction crews drill away on a new drainage system and extend a temporary access road from Water Street to the Battell Block — another warm-up act to the main event that will begin its three-year run beginning this spring: A $72 million plan to replace the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges with a 360-foot-long concrete tunnel.

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Top 10 stories from 2018: Natural gas flowed to the county, but not to Bristol

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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When Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) turned on the spigot to its Addison Natural Gas Pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury in March 2017, it hoped eventually to deliver natural gas to more than 4,000 households, businesses and institutions in Addison County. In Bristol the company hoped to complete a distribution line by April 2019.

By the end of 2018, however, it looked possible that Bristol residents opposed to the pipeline project might have driven the company away.

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Top 10 stories from 2018: Pressure builds at dairy farms

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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Local dairy farmers suffered another tough year, and in spite of state and federal efforts, the outlook remains poor.

In a blow to the local dairy industry, one that was as much symbolic as economic, Nordic Farms, whose iconic red-roofed barn stands at a high-profile location on Route 7 in Charlotte, auctioned off its cows and equipment in March, another victim of unfavorable economics.

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Top 10 stories from 2018: Longtime county businesses close up shop

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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In 2018 county residents bid adieu to businesses they had patronized faithfully, in some cases for decades.

In May Andy Li announced he would close Middlebury’s Ben Franklin Store; it had been for sale for three years and its inventory and space had been downsized. The variety store had been doing business on Main Street since 1943. The business finally closed its doors in September and the building remained vacant as 2019 arrived.

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Top 10 online stories from 2018, and more

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



The Top 10 catalogs what the news staff of the Addison Independent chose as the most important stories of 2018, but readers have their own opinions about what interested them most last year. To get one indication of that, look at the top 10 stories on our website. Here are the headlines for the most-read stories of 2018 on addisonindependent.com, as measured by the number of page views according to Google Analytics.

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MUHS girls' hockey drops twice to D-I rivals

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Division II Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team last week dropped a pair of games to D-I competition and fell back to .500 for the campaign at 4-4.

On Wednesday visiting Essex improved to 5-1 with an 8-1 victory over the Tigers.

Abby Robbins and Maddy Young led the Hornet attack with two goals, Ashley Stempek recorded a goal and three assists, and goalie Isabelle Seguin made nine saves.

Merry Kimble scored for the Tigers, and goalie Lydia Deppman stopped 30 shots.

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